NBI re-autopsies Christine Dacera

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) hopes it would be able to shed more light on the controversial death of flight attendant Christine Angelica Dacera even as her remains were “already contaminated” when it conducted a re-autopsy here of her remains last Saturday night.

 NBI deputy director Ferdinand Lavin, a lawyer, said some of the evidence they collected appeared deteriorated and compromised since Dacera’s body was already embalmed prior to their autopsy.

 He said it might be difficult to establish whether there was sexual abuse before she was found dead in her hotel room in Makati City around noon last Jan. 1, several hours after joining a private New Year’s Eve party. 

Lavin, however, assured they applied the “full forensic investigation” process to determine what really happened to the 23-year-old, whose family is based in Barangay San Isidro here.

The remains of Dacera, who was with the Philippine Airlines and was staying in Manila at the time of her death, was flown home to this city last Thursday. Lavin’s forensic team arrived around 5:00 p.m. at the St. Peter Chapels here and examined Dacera’s remains for about five hours.

“We know that it was quite impossible (to get proper evidence) considering that there have already been some compromises and the body has shown signs of deterioration but we were not discouraged by that,” he told reporters Saturday night.

Dacera’s remains have so far been subjected to four autopsies, including the initial examination conducted by the Southern Police District’s Crime Laboratory Office that ruled the cause of her death was “ruptured aortic aneurysm.”

Lavin said they were still able to collect some samples that would help strengthen the ongoing investigation on Dacera death. Police authorities and her family members believed she was a victim of sexual abuse.

He said the samples, which were taken using test kits provided by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, will be processed immediately by their criminal investigation section.

Lavin clarified their re-autopsy is in support of the ongoing investigation of the Philippine National Police on the case and not meant to compare their findings. He said they are also ready to provide protection to any personality, including the 11 persons suspected to be behind her death, who would cooperate and help solve the case. 

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